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[image]Portrait - NASA
Astronaut Robert L. Behnken used a digital camera to take this self-protrait during a spacewalk. Also visible in the visor's reflections are components of the station, the docked space shuttle Endeavour and a blue and white portion of Earth. During the nearly 7-hour spacewalk, Behnken and astronaut Rick Linnehan, installed a spare-parts platform and tool-handling assembly for the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator also known as Dextre...
Keywords: Portrait; Who -- Robert L. Behnken; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Endeavour; What -- Earth; What -- Destiny
Downloads: 8,232
[image]MOPITT First Light Image : Image of the Day - NASA -- Image courtesy of the www.science.sp-agency.ca/J1-MOPITT(Eng).htm MOPITT instrument team
MOPITT measures radiances in several channels to determine the amount of carbon monoxide (CO) and methane in the atmosphere. Channel 1 Difference radiances, shown here, are sensitive to the temperature of the earth's surface, the temperature of the atmosphere, and the amount of CO Of these, the first two effects dominate. Thus, we see red colors, indicating high radiances and high surface temperatures from the subtropical deserts (Sahara, Arabian, Rajastan and Kalahari)...
Keywords: What -- Polar
Downloads: 2,853
[image]Aftermath of World Trade Center Attack : Image of the Day - NASA -- Image courtesy landsat7.usgs.gov/ USGS Landsat 7 team, at the edc.usgs.gov/ EROS Data Center.
This true-color image was taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) aboard the Landsat 7 satellite on September 12, 2001, at roughly 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Visit the NASA home page for www.nasa.gov/newsinfo/WTCplume.html photos from the space station and MODIS, and GlobalSecurity.org for www.globalsecurity.org/eye/wtc.htm images from other satellites.
Keywords: What -- Landsat 7; What -- Landsat
Downloads: 2,278
[image]Lighting Up the Night Sky - NASA
Lightning over the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A competes with the xenon lights on the pad illuminating space shuttle Discovery waiting for a scheduled liftoff on the STS-128 mission. Launch was scrubbed due to the weather and another launch attempt is scheduled for Aug. 28. Discovery's 13-day mission will deliver more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Discovery; What -- STS-128; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Downloads: 1,884
[image]STS-1 Launches - NASA
Nearly 30 years ago this week, a new era in space flight began, when on April 12, 1981 the first shuttle mission was launched. STS-1 commander John Young had already flown in space four times, including a walk on the moon in 1972. Bob Crippen, the pilot, was a Navy test pilot who would go on to command three future shuttle missions. Image Credit: NASA
Keywords: STS-1 Launches; Who -- John Young; What -- STS-1; What -- Moon
Downloads: 1,319
[image]Strait of Messina: Image of the Day - NASA -- Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team
The Strait of Messina Bridge Project, if completed, would stand as one of the landmark bridges of the 21st century. It would be the longest suspension bridge ever built. The Strait of Messina divides the island of Sicily from Calabria in southern Italy, and is 3 km wide. While the overall length is not a big problem, the economics, water depth, wind, and earthquakes all have to be accounted for. To avoid the problem of the deep water, the solution was to design the longest suspension bridge ever...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- Italy
Downloads: 1,021
[image]Verdun, France: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Human history isn't confined to books; some of it is written across the surface of the Earth. Among the places where the earth itself tells a story of our past is the French landscape around the city of Verdun, where more than 300,000 French and Germans died during a World War I battle that went on from mid-February to mid-December 1916.In this image, Verdun is a small city on the banks of the Meuse River surrounded by the geometric pattern of farmed and fallow fields...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Landsat 7; Where -- France
Downloads: 819
[image]Atlantis' Window on the World - NASA
Solar panels on the Hubble Space Telescope make for unique window shades in this scene photographed from the flight deck of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle...
Keywords: NASA Image of the Day (Large); What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Earth; What -- Atlantis
Downloads: 699
[image]Galaxy Cluster Has Two 'Tails' to Tell - NASA
Two spectacular tails of X-ray emission have been seen trailing behind a galaxy using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. A composite image of the galaxy cluster Abell 3627 shows X-rays from Chandra in blue, optical emission in yellow and emission from hydrogen light -- known to astronomers as 'H-alpha' -- in red. The optical and H-alpha data were obtained with the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope in Chile...
Keywords: What -- ESO; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; Where -- Chile
Downloads: 659
[image]Mission to Jupiter - NASA
With its suite of science instruments, Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter's intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planet's auroras. Junoâs principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter
Downloads: 658
[image]Earthrise - NASA
The Apollo 16 crew captured this Earthrise with a handheld Hasselblad camera during the second revolution of the moon. Identifiable craters seen on the moon include Saha, Wyld and Saenger. Much of the terrain seen here is never visible from the Earth, as the command module was passing onto what is known as the 'dark side' of the moon. Apollo 16 launched on April 16, 1972 and landed on the moon on April 20...
Keywords: Earthrise; Who -- John Young; What -- Apollo 16; What -- Moon
Downloads: 638
[image]Thin Blue Line - NASA
The thin line of Earth's atmosphere and the setting sun are featured in this image photographed by the crew of the International Space Station while space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-129 mission was docked with the station. Image Credit: NASA
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- International Space Station (ISS); What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Atlantis; What -- STS-129
Downloads: 627
[image]Korean Demilitarized Zone: Image of the Day - NASA -- Image courtesy Jesse Allen, NASA's Earth Observatory, Goddard Space Flight Center
On July 27, 1953, an armistice agreement brought fighting, though not the war itself, to an end in Korea. One legacy of that 50-year-old ceasefire has been the 250-km-long (148-mile) truce line bisecting the Korean Peninsula into northern and southern halves. The armistice provided for a 4-km-wide (2.5-mile) buffer zone running west to east roughly along the 38th parallel. This buffer zone contains river deltas and grasslands toward its western end, but is mostly mountainous terrain in the east...
Keywords: What -- Landsat; Where -- Korea; Where -- Seoul
Downloads: 575
[image]Galaxy Triplet ARP 274 - NASA
On April 1-2, the Hubble Space Telescope photographed the winning target in the Space Telescope Science Institute's 'You Decide' competition in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). The winner is a group of galaxies called Arp 274. The striking object received 67,021 votes out of the nearly 140,000 votes cast for the six candidate targets. Arp 274, also known as NGC 5679, is a system of three galaxies that appear to be partially overlapping in the image, although they may be ...
Keywords: Galaxy Triplet ARP 274; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Virgo; What -- Wide Field Planetary Camera 2; What -- Camera 2; What -- TRACE
Downloads: 522
[image]Lighting Up the Night - NASA
Viewed from the Banana River Viewing Site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery arcs through a cloud-brushed sky, lighted by the trail of fire after launch on the STS-128 mission. Liftoff from Launch Pad 39A was on time at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The first launch attempt on Aug. 24 was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. The second attempt on Aug. 25 also was postponed due to an issue with a valve in space shuttle Discovery's main propulsion system...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Discovery; What -- STS-128; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida
Downloads: 513
[image]Earthrise - NASA
The Apollo 16 crew captured this Earthrise with a handheld Hasselblad camera during the second revolution of the moon. Identifiable craters seen on the...
Keywords: NASA Image of the Day; What -- Apollo 16; What -- Moon
Downloads: 513
[image]Symphony in Blue - NASA
Like early explorers mapping the continents of our globe, astronomers are busy charting the spiral structure of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Using infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have discovered that the Milky Way's elegant spiral structure is dominated by just two arms wrapping off the ends of a central bar of stars. Previously, our galaxy was thought to possess four major arms...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Scutum; What -- Centaurus; What -- Perseus; What -- Norma; What -- Sagittarius
Downloads: 505
[image]Shuttle Education - NASA/Kim Shiflett
In Orbiter Processing Facility-3 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, members of the STS-130 crew view a demonstration on the maintenance of space shuttle Endeavour's thermal protection system. From left are: Mission Specialist Kathryn Hire, Commander George Zamka, Mission Specialist Nicolas Patrick and Pilot Terry Virts. Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Keywords: Who -- Kathryn Hire; What -- Space Shuttle Endeavour; What -- STS-130; Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida
Downloads: 492
[image]Star Maker - NASA
Galaxies throughout the universe are ablaze with star birth. But for a nearby, small spiral galaxy, the star-making party is almost over. Astronomers were surprised to find that star-formation activities in the outer regions of NGC 2976 have been virtually asleep because they shut down millions of years ago. The celebration is confined to a few die-hard partygoers huddled in the galaxyâs inner region...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); Where -- NGC 2976; Where -- M81; Where -- Washington
Downloads: 485
[image]Charles Bolden and James Cameron Meet - NASA/Bill Ingalls
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, right, and award-winning writer-director James Cameron, meet at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. Cameron, who is a former member of the NASA Advisory Council, has had a life-long interest in space and science. The two talked about public outreach and education among other subjects. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
Keywords: Who -- Charles Bolden; Where -- NASA Headquarters; Where -- Washington
Downloads: 472
[image]STS-129 Crew Meets With Members of Congress - NASA/Paul E. Alers
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the STS-129 space shuttle crew and members of the Congressional Black Caucus pose for a group photo at the Capitol Building, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, in Washington. Back row from left to right: U.S. Rep Donna Edwards (D-MD), U.S. Rep Diane Watson (D-CA), NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, astronauts Leland Melvin, Mike Forman, Robert Satcher, Barry Wilmore, Randy Breznik, and U.S...
Keywords: Who -- Charles Bolden; What -- STS-129; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Washington
Downloads: 466
[image]Bright Layered Deposits - NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
Martian landforms have been shaped by winds, water, lava flow, seasonal icing and other forces over millennia. This view shows color variations in bright layered deposits on a plateau near Juventae Chasma in the Valles Marineris region of Mars. A brown mantle covers portions of the bright deposits. Researchers have found that these bright layered deposits contain opaline silica and iron sulfates. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
Keywords: What -- Mars; Where -- Arizona
Downloads: 458
[image]Crystalline - NASA
Looking for all the world like a snowflake, this is actually a close up view of sodium chloride crystals. The crystals are in a water bubble within a 50-millimeter metal loop that was part of an experiment in the Destiny laboratory aboard the International Space Station and was photographed by the Expedition 6 crew. Image Credit: NASA
Keywords: What -- Destiny; What -- International Space Station (ISS)
Downloads: 441
[image]Jupiter's Moons - NASA
On Jan. 7, 1610, Galileo Galilei's improvements to the telescope enabled humanity to see Jupiter's four largest moons for the first time. Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto--the so-called Galilean satellites--were seen by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager on the New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby of Jupiter in late February 2007. The images have been scaled to represent the true relative sizes of the four moons and are arranged in their order from Jupiter...
Keywords: What -- Galileo; What -- Io; What -- Europa; What -- Ganymede; What -- Callisto; What -- Long Range Reconnaissance Imager; What -- Imager; What -- New Horizons; What -- Jupiter; What -- Moon; What -- Pluto; What -- Charon
Downloads: 441
[image]Andromeda in Ultraviolet - NASA
In a break from its usual task of searching for distant cosmic explosions, NASA's Swift satellite acquired the highest-resolution view of a neighboring spiral galaxy ever attained in the ultraviolet. The galaxy, known as M31 in the constellation Andromeda, is the largest and closest spiral galaxy to our own. This mosaic of M31 merges 330 individual images taken by Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope...
Keywords: What -- Swift; What -- Constellation; What -- Andromeda; Where -- M31; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Downloads: 433
[image]Stellar Destruction - NASA
Evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Magellan telescopes suggest a star was torn apart by an intermediate-mass black hole in a globular cluster. In this image, X-rays from Chandra are shown in blue and are overlaid on an optical image from the Hubble Space Telescope. The Chandra observations show that this object is a so-called ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX). An unusual class of objects, ULXs emit more X-rays than stars, but less than quasars...
Keywords: What -- Magellan; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Sun; What -- Launch Abort System (LAS); What -- Fornax; Where -- Chile; Where -- NGC 1
Downloads: 428
[image]Into the Heart of Darkness - NASA
Astronomers have long known that the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, known as Sagittarius A* (or Sgr A* for short), is a particularly poor eater. The fuel for this black hole comes from powerful winds blown off dozens of massive young stars that are concentrated nearby. These stars are located a relatively large distance away from Sgr A*, where the gravity of the black hole is weak, and so their high-velocity winds are difficult for the black hole to capture and sw...
Keywords: What -- Sagittarius; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy; Where -- Massachusetts
Downloads: 415
[image]SOFIA Aloft - NASA
An F/A-18 mission support aircraft shadows NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, 747SP during a functional check flight Dec. 9, 2009. The flight included an evaluation of the aircraft's systems, including engines, flight controls and communication. Image Credit: NASA/ Jim Ross
Keywords: Where -- Sofia
Downloads: 408
[image]Historic Tropical Cyclone Tracks: Image of the Day - NASA -- www.globalwarmingart.com/wiki/Image:Tropical_Storm_Map_png Image by Robert A. Rohde, www.globalwarmingart.com/wiki/ Global Warming Art.
Like streamers of splattered paint, the tracks of nearly 150 years of tropical cyclones weave across the globe in this map. The map is based on all storm tracks available from the National Hurricane Center and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center through September 2006. The accumulation of tracks reveals several details of hurricane climatology, such as where the most severe storms form and the large-scale atmospheric patterns that influence the track of hurricanes...
Keywords: What -- Coriolis; Where -- Ecuador; Where -- Namibia; Where -- Angola; Where -- Brazil; What -- Earth; What -- Polar; Where -- Philippines; Where -- Gulf of Mexico; Where -- South Africa; Where -- Atlantic Ocean; Where -- Peru; Where -- Chile
Downloads: 403
[image]Hubble Finds Hidden Exoplanet in Archival Data - NASA
In 19 years of observations, the Hubble Space Telescope has amassed a huge archive of data--an archive that may contain the telltale glow of undiscovered extrasolar planets. Such is the case with HR 8799b, shown in this artist's concept. The planet is one of three extrasolar planets orbiting the young star HR 8799, which lies 130 light-years away. The planetary trio was originally discovered in images taken with the Keck and Gemini North telescopes in 2007 and 2008...
Keywords: Hubble Finds Hidden Exoplanet in Archival Data; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Gemini; What -- Jupiter; What -- Sun
Downloads: 398
[image]Rock Garden - NASA/JPL-Caltech
This image of a cluster of rocks labeled 'Rock Garden' is where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became embedded in April 2009. The Spirit and Opportunity rovers landed on the Red Planet in January 2004 for what was to be a 90-day mission, but which has lasted 6 Earth years, or 3.2 Mars years. During this time, Spirit has found evidence of a steamy and violent environment on ancient Mars that is quite different from the wet and acidic past documented by Opportunity, which has been operating ...
Keywords: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER); What -- Spirit; What -- Opportunity; What -- Earth; What -- Mars; What -- Navigation Camera (NC)
Downloads: 394
[image]Earth's Moon - NASA
During its mission, the Galileo spacecraft returned a number of images of Earth's only natural satellite. Galileo surveyed the moon on Dec. 7, 1992, on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-1997. This color mosaic was assembled from 18 images taken by Galileo's imaging system through a green filter. On the upperleft is the dark, lava-filled Mare Imbrium, Mare Serenitatis (middle left), Mare Tranquillitatis (lower left), and Mare Crisium, the dark circular feature toward the bottom of the...
Keywords: What -- Galileo; What -- Moon; What -- Jupiter
Downloads: 381
[image]Lifting Off to Study the Sky - NASA
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket at 9:09 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. WISE will scan the entire sky in infrared light, picking up the glow of hundreds of millions of objects and producing millions of images. Image Credit: Bill Hartenstein/United Launch Alliance
Keywords: What -- Explorer; What -- WISE
Downloads: 379
[image]Global Digital Elevation Model - NASA
This Global Digital Elevation Model, or GDEM, is a product of the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), a joint program of NASA and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The image was released on June 29, 2009, and was created by processing and stereo-correlating the 1.3 million-scene ASTER archive of optical images, covering Earth's land surface between 83 degrees North and 83 degrees South latitudes...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER
Downloads: 372
[image]Awaiting the Mission - NASA
Space shuttle Atlantis is seen on Launch Pad 39a of the NASA Kennedy Space Center shortly after the rotating service structure was rolled back, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, Cape Canaveral, FL. Atlantis is scheduled to launch at 2:28p.m. EST on the STS-129 mission to the International Space Station on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Atlantis; What -- STS-129; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Downloads: 368
[image]Beauty in the Night - NASA
Billows of smoke and steam rise above Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida alongside space shuttle Discovery as it races toward space on the STS-128 mission. The STS-128 mission is the 30th International Space Station assembly flight and the 128th space shuttle flight. The 13-day mission will deliver more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Discovery; What -- STS-128; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida
Downloads: 366
[image]Shadow on the Moon - NASA
Surveyor 1, the first of the Surveyor missions to make a successful soft landing, proved the validity of the spacecraft's design and landing technique. In addition to transmitting more than 11,000 pictures, Surveyor sent information on the bearing strength of the lunar soil, the radar reflectivity and temperature. This image of Surveyor 1's shadow shows it against the lunar surface in the late lunar afternoon, with the horizon at the upper right...
Keywords: What -- Surveyor 1; What -- Moon
Downloads: 359
[image]Black Holes Go 'Mano a Mano' - NASA
This image of NGC 6240 contains new X-ray data from Chandra (shown in red, orange, and yellow) that has been combined with an optical image from the Hubble Space Telescope originally released in 2008. In 2002, Chandra data led to the discovery of two merging black holes, which are a mere 3,000 light years apart. They are seen as the bright point-like sources in the middle of the image. Scientists think these black holes are in such close proximity because they are in the midst of spiraling towar...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Discovery; Where -- NGC 6240
Downloads: 358
[image]Hubble Finds Hidden Exoplanet in Archival Data - NASA
In 19 years of observations, the Hubble Space Telescope has amassed a huge archive of data--an archive that may contain the telltale glow of undiscovered...
Keywords: NASA Image of the Day; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
Downloads: 355
[image]Reflections - NASA
Expedition 22 flight engineer Oleg Kotov used a digital still camera to take this self-portrait during a January 2010 spacewalk. Also visible in the reflections of his visor are various components of the station and the Earth below. During the spacewalk, Kotov and cosmonaut Maxim Suraev (out of frame) prepared the Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2), known as Poisk, for future Russian vehicle dockings. Suraev and Expedition 22 commander Jeffrey Williams were the first to use the new docking port when ...
Downloads: 353
[image]New World - NASA
This artist's conception shows a hypothetical young planet around a cool star. A soupy mix of potentially life-forming chemicals can be seen pooling around the base of the jagged rocks. Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope hint that planets around cool stars -- the so-called M-dwarfs and brown dwarfs that are widespread throughout our galaxy -- might possess a different mix of life-forming, or prebiotic, chemicals than our young Earth...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Sun
Downloads: 353
[image]Niagara Falls: Image of the Day - NASA -- Image copyright www.spaceimaging.com/ Space Imaging
A blue-green veil of water tumbles 51 meters over the rocky precipice of the Niagara Falls in this Ikonos image, acquired on August 2, 2004. Every second, more than two million liters of water plummets over the half-circle of the Canadian/Horseshoe portion of the Niagara Falls, shown here, making it one of the world's largest waterfalls. The force of the pounding water is sending a cloud of mist up from the bottom of the falls; this same force eats away at the rock behind the falls, pushing them...
Keywords: Where -- United States of America; Where -- Canada
Downloads: 353
[image]Freezing WISE's Hydrogen - NASA
A scaffolding structure built around NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, allows engineers to freeze its hydrogen coolant. The WISE infrared instrument is kept extremely cold by a bottle-like tank filled with frozen hydrogen, called the cryostat. The cryostat can be seen at the top of the spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Dynamics Lab
Keywords: What -- Explorer; What -- WISE
Downloads: 351
[image]The Rite of Spring - NASA
Of the countless equinoxes Saturn has seen since the birth of the solar system, this one, captured in a mosaic of light and dark, is the first witnessed up close by an emissary from Earth Ôø_Ôø_Ôø__¨_ none other than our faithful robotic explorer, Cassini. Seen from our planet, the view of Saturn's rings during equinox is extremely foreshortened and limited. But in orbit around Saturn, Cassini had no such problems...
Keywords: What -- Saturn; What -- Earth; What -- Explorer; What -- Cassini; What -- Sun
Downloads: 348
[image]Beauty Is the Night - NASA
The waters of Cape Canaveral captured the reflection of space shuttle Discovery as it lifted off on the STS-119 mission from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The STS-119 mission is the 28th to the International Space Station and the 125th space shuttle flight. Discovery will deliver the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and the S6 truss segment. Image Credit: NASA/Tony Gray, Tom Farrar
Keywords: Beauty Is the Night; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Discovery; What -- STS-119; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Downloads: 347
[image]Spirit's Tracks - NASA
This view from the navigation camera near the top of the mast on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the tracks left by the rover as it drove southward and backward, dragging its inoperable right-front wheel, to the location where the rover broke through a crust in April 2009 and became embedded in soft sand. The rover team's strategy to extricate Spirit from the sand trap was to follow these tracks out, heading north...
Downloads: 345
[image]Topanga Fire: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.
Northwest of Los Angeles, California, a brush fire exploded in late September 2005. Growing to more than 16,000 acres in around 2 days, the blaze threatened homes, natural resources, power lines, and communications equipment in the Thousand Oaks region north of the Santa Monica Mountains. This image of the Topanga Fire was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on September 29, 2005...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- Los Angeles; Where -- California
Downloads: 344
[image]Proctor Crater, Mars - NASA
This view from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is of the Proctor Crater. The relatively bright, small ridges are ripples. From their study on Earth, and close-up examination by the MER rovers (roving elsewhere on Mars), scientists surmise that the ripples are composed of fine sand (less than 200 microns in diameter) or fine sand coated with coarser sand and granules...
Keywords: What -- High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE); What -- Mars; What -- Crater; What -- Earth; What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER); Where -- Arizona
Downloads: 343
[movies]NASA Launches Aqua Satellite: Image of the Day - NASA -- Images and animation courtesy Reto Stöckli, NASA Earth Observatory
NASA's latest Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite -- aqua.nasa.gov Aqua -- successfully launched Saturday morning, May 4, 2002. Aqua is dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of Earth's water cycle and environment. Launching the Aqua spacecraft marks a major milestone in support of NASA's mission to help us better understand and protect our planet. The images above are computer-generated models of the Aqua spacecraft and the Delta II rocket that carried the satellite into orbit...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- EOS; What -- Aqua
Downloads: 340
[image]The Brightness of the Sun - NASA
The bright sun greets the International Space Station in this Nov. 22 image, taken from the Russian section of the orbital outpost and photographed by the STS-129 crew. The 11-day STS-129 mission installed a number of station upgrades and prepared the station for the installation of Node 3, which is slated for another mission. Image Credit: NASA
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- International Space Station (ISS); What -- STS-129
Downloads: 335
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